Bladder cancer is more common than you might think. It’s the fourth most common cancer in men, causing around 18,000 deaths every year in the United States. While bladder cancer is undoubtedly frightening, the encouraging news is that Urologic Surgeons of Arizona in Mesa and Gilbert, Arizona, offer the most advanced, proven bladder cancer treatments available. Kashif Alvi, MD, is a urinary cancer specialist and is one of the only surgeons in Arizona to offer robotic cystectomy. Call the office or schedule an appointment online to get bladder cancer treatment.
Bladder cancer is cancer affecting your bladder, the small pelvic organ that stores urine before it exits through your urethra. Your bladder lining has an inner cell layer known as the urothelium.
When your urothelial cells start growing abnormally and changing shape, they create a cancerous tumor. This is known as transitional cell carcinoma or urothelial carcinoma.
This tumor can spread to other parts of your urinary tract and body if you don't get treatment. Bladder cancer can also develop in squamous cells, glandular cells, fat layer, or muscle layer.
The most common symptom is hematuria — blood in your urine. You could also experience pain when you urinate, increased urinary frequency, and inability to pass urine along with other urinary symptoms.
Because bladder cancer symptoms can mimic other conditions like enlarged prostate, it's crucial to get an evaluation and care at Urologic Surgeons of Arizona as soon as possible.
Treatment depends on your circumstances. Dr. Alvi performs diagnostic procedures like cystoscopy, bladder biopsy, and transurethral resection of bladder tumor (TURBT) to identify bladder cancer and plan your treatment.
He's a renowned surgeon with many years of experience with minimally invasive surgical techniques for bladder cancer.
TURBT is an endoscopic treatment during which Dr. Alvi identifies, stages, and treats visible bladder tumors. TURBT can determine if the bladder cancer has moved into your muscle wall. It's usually an outpatient treatment, done under anesthesia.
Dr. Alvi sometimes uses intravesical chemotherapy after removing a bladder tumor. BCG, the most common medication for this kind of chemotherapy, is about 85% effective in preventing the tumor from coming back. It's an outpatient procedure requiring a local anesthetic.
Dr. Alvi is a robotic radical cystectomy expert, one of a very select number in Arizona. He uses the state-of-the-art da Vinci® Surgical System from Intuitive® for this surgery. A robotic radical cystectomy removes your entire bladder and the regional lymph nodes to make every effort to completely remove or destroy all cancerous tissue.
If bladder cancer invades your muscle wall, a robotic radical cystectomy is often the best solution. During this procedure, Dr. Alvi makes a small incision and inflates your abdomen with gas. He does by directing highly precise robotic arms with pinpoint accuracy.
Robotic surgery allows unparalleled precision and flexibility while reducing incision size, bleeding, recovery time, and surgical complications.
Dr. Alvi treats your bladder cancer using the most effective techniques, always focusing on the most advanced yet minimally invasive treatments available. Book your appointment by calling Urologic Surgeons of Arizona or scheduling online now.